Fresh from the resounding 5-0 victory on Friday night over the Czech Republic, England can reinforce their place at the top of Group A with another victory at the Podgorica City Stadium. But Southgate is poised to make changes to his side in the hope of a first ever victory in Montengero.
With Eric Dier ruled out through the injury that he suffered against the Czech Republic, Southgate hands West Ham midfielder Declan Rice win his full debut, while Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi makes his first start too. But all eyes will be on Raheem Sterling after his brilliant display at Wembley as the Man City star looks to fire England towards qualification at the earliest opportunity. Follow it live:
When is it?
Montenegro vs England takes place on Monday 25 March at the Podgorica City Stadium.
What time does it start?
The match kicks off at 7:45pm GMT (8:45pm CET).
Where can I watch it?
The match will be shown live on ITV from 7pm. Highlights will be shown on ITV from 10:45pm. You can follow the action live with The Independent’s match commentary throughout the evening.
Montenegro: Petkovic; Stojkovic, Tomasevic, Vesovic, Simic; Vukcevic, Janokovic; Jovovic, Kosovic, Ivanic; Mugosa.
England: Pickford; Walker, Keane, Maguire, Chilwell; Henderson, Rice, Barkley; Hudson-Odoi, Sterling; Kane.
Montenegro to win: 19/2
England to win: 1/3
(Odds provided by Betfair)
Montenegro 0-3 England
The Czech Republic, on paper, are England’s toughest opposition in Group A, but the way that Southgate’s side swatted them away last week shows how much confidence is running through this current crop of players. The journey to Montenegro should mean that England don’t have it all their own way, but there is enough talent in the squad to emerge unscathed and keep another clean sheet in the process.